What I’ve come to realize is that most people can’t commit to living healthy because they complicate it. The truth is, when it comes to getting healthy, it’s best to keep it simple. How often have you set out to lose weight by turning your entire life upside down. Consequently, your attempts inevitably fail. When this happens you’re surprised and often times feel bad because you think you don’t have “willpower” or discipline. But you shouldn’t feel disappointed in yourself because that approach set you up for failure.That’s why my objective with my business and with this blog is to help you find practical ways to live a healthier lifestyle.
The key to success in all things is to create an environment that allows you to succeed and most importantly, don’t try to change everything at one time. When it comes to living healthy, slow and steady wins the race. Lose the mindset that you’re on a diet for a specific period of time, instead remind yourself that you are making a lifestyle change. You have to be in this for the long haul.
When I work with clients, I recommend small changes over time. For example, if you’re not exercising at all right now, don’t promise yourself that you’ll workout everyday. Honestly, that’s not likely to happen or if you start out doing that you probably won’t be able to sustain it. Instead, just commit to walking for 20 minutes three times a week and then choose days and times that you know will work best with your schedule. If you’re not a morning person, don’t try to work out at 5am every day. There is no perfect time to workout, the perfect time is anytime that you can do it.
When it comes to eating, the same principle applies. So many people go from eating everything within their line of sight to all of a sudden just eating salads and drinking water. Again, that’s not sustainable. Instead, change one or two things as you start out. If you know you shouldn’t be drinking so much diet soda or coffee, then make small changes. Cut your consumption into half – instead of three cups of coffee a day, drop down to one and switch the others out for tea. Just figure out what works for you. Take a look at your habits that aren’t healthy (and let’s face it, we all know what we need to be doing), and see how you can make modifications. Each week add one more change until you get to where you want to be. Trust me, those small changes will make a difference, you just have to give it time. There are no quick fixes, it took time to get into your present state and it will take time to get out of it.
I want to encourage you to adopt practical approaches, so I want to share some things that work for me.
1. Prepare meals in advance – I like to prepare most of my meals on the weekend so I’ll have food for most of the week. This keeps me from eating fast food.
2. Schedule your workouts – If its on my calendar I’m more likely to do it, especially if I set a reminder to alert me that I have it scheduled.
3. Do fun activities instead of grueling workouts all the time – I try to have balance, so I mix up my workouts. If I’m doing a hard body pump or boot camp type class today, then I’ll take a Zumba class the next day. If it feels so hard all the time then I’m less motivated to do it.
4. Change one habit at a time - Don’t eliminate sugar and caffeine at the same time -that’s a recipe for disaster. Tackle the big issues one at time not at the SAME time. Once you conquer one, then move on to the next thing.
5. Write it down – I LOVE to journal – I’ve been doing it for more than 20 years and it works for me. It especially helps me when I want to lose a few extra pounds. Trust me, you’re eating more than you think, and if you know you have to write down every morsel of food that goes into your mouth, you will eat less!
So there you go, some simple, practical tips to help you live a healthier lifestyle. Which of my tips will you commit to try??
Until next time…
Peace, Love & Fitness!